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WEDNESDAY 8

"Original Yoga: Rediscovering Traditional Practices of Hatha Yoga" Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck, Berk. (510) 649-1320, www.pegasusbookstore.com. 7:30pm, free. Yoga scholar and Piedmont Yoga Studio director Richard Rosen delves into the history of yoga to find out if we've strayed from the meditation form's original intent. Today, he shares his new book's findings. Deepen your practice by attending his talk.

Beats for Lunch Monarch, 101Sixth St., SF. www.monarchsf.com. Noon-2pm, free. Take a break from your desk with this free lunchtime dance party, featuring a spin sesh from the intrepid DJs of Motown on Monday. But I'm hungry you say? No excuses! Free Ike's Place sandwiches will be on hand, as well as fruit to nosh on. And booze, obvs. Dance girl, dance.

"Microblast" works by Kelly Ording and Jet Martinez Project One gallery, 251 Rhode Island, SF. www.p1st.com. Through Sept 29. Opening reception: 7pm, free. The First Couple of San Francisco art finally are holding a joint show, in which they'll be showcasing the intensely detailed, colorfully fantastic paintings that they're known for. Martinez is Facebook's first resident artist, but his impact can be felt far from your newsfeed.

THURSDAY 9

Occupy the Bay film screening Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists' Hall, 1924 Cedar, Berk. www.bfuu.org. 7pm, $5-10 suggested donation. Relive the century's most compelling social movement so far at this screening of a rough cut of John Riley's documentary on Occupy Oakland, and the intense police brutality that turned the country's focus on the Bay for a few hot months.

"Out of Order" Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., SF. www.creativityexplored.org. Opening reception: 7-9pm, free. The latest group show from the city's hub for developmentally-disabled artists focus on the ways we regiment our thoughts. The 20-plus exhibiting artists organize their output with shapes, repetition, and various kinds of personal coding.

Why There Are Words Studio 333, 333 Caledonia, Saus. www.whytherearewords.com. 7-9pm, $5. Check out this year's reader's choice winner for Best Literary Night in our 2012 Best of the Bay issue.

SATURDAY11

American Trips one-year anniversary Z Space, 450 Florida, SF. www.zspace.org. 5-10pm, free. If you haven't checked out the frenzy that is Berlin-style ping pong, now is your chance. You've already missed a year of the Mission's wacky pong-outs. Be to be fair, you did wait for the party that is sure to be one of the series' bests – tonight, DJ Primo takes on soundtrack duties with a "time warp" set spanning 1950s soul, and progressing all the way up to rave rhythms from the now-now. Plus free PBR from 5-6pm.

SUNDAY 12

Pistahan Festival Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission and Fourth St., SF. www.pistahan.net. Sat/11 parade 11am. Festival also Sat/11. Those unfamiliar with balut, or fertilized duck embryo, might be surprised to know that this year's (19th annual) Pistahan Festival features an eating contest fixating on the questionable Filipino street snack. But this weekend-long fest is just that exuberant about bringing the culture of the Phillipines to the heart of the city. Saturday morning boasts a downtown parade, and the entire weekend will have kids activities, ice cream tastings, a boxing tournament, gorgeous artwork, and much more.

Pizza, bikes, music: A Ruota Libera Una Pizza Napoletana, 210 11th St., SF. www.unapizza.com. 1-7pm, $10. In heaven, pizza magicians will bake artisan pies while locally-crafted bikes and accessories wheely around the oven. Heaven is a place on Earth: SoMa's Una Pizza Napoletana will be serving up its best slices, Soulcraft Bicycles and other NorCal bike companies will be showcasing their wares, and there's even a live performance by skate legend-musical genius Tommy Guerrero, all for less than the regular price of one of Una Pizza's pies.

MONDAY 13

Al-Stravaganza: A burlesque tribute to Weird Al Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Oakl. www.hubbahubbarevue.com. 9pm, $5. We hope to see tons of bushy mustaches, Jew 'fros, atrocious punning, and not much else by the end of numbers at this celebration of everyone's favorite musical parodist. Hubba Hubba's glittering lineup featuring Honey Lawless, Pearl E. Gates, and Lady Satan ask you to eat it, just eat it.

TUESDAY 14

"I Am America: Black Genealogy Through the Eye of an Artist" Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice, Oakl. Exhibit opens today, through Sept. 11. Opening reception: Aug. 16, 6:30-8:30pm. Visit a retelling of history at this traveling exhibit, which examines the falsities involved in mainstream portrayal of African Americans after the Civil War. Genealogists tracked down marriage certificates, land deeds, and other historical documents for "I Am America," which black artists repurposed to make statements about the history of racial identity in post-bellum United States.

 

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